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Professor of Political Science

Jonathan Rodden

Senior Fellow
Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR)

Department of Political Science

Senior Fellow
Hoover Institution

Jonathan Rodden is a Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Much of his recent work focuses on economic and political geography, geo-spatial analysis, and redistricting.  He has written a book and several articles about the origins and consequences of the urban-rural divide in advanced industrial democracies. Ongoing work focuses on political polarization and policy uncertainty in the United States and beyond. He has also written extensively about federalism and multi-level governance around the world. This work has led to policy-oriented collaboration with the World Bank, IMF, and the European Parliament. He has recently completed a long-term collaborative project with USAID about local governance in Africa. Some of his most recent work uses large administrative data sets to examine aspects of local politics, policy, and public health in the United States. 

Rodden has been a Fulbright Fellow, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and has received awards from the American Political Science Association for the best book in the field of comparative politics, and best paper in the field of political economy. His work has been published in journals focusing on economics, political science, law, statistics, and medicine. 

Focal Areas: Inequality, Politics and Media, Taxes and Public Spending


PhD, Political Science, Yale University, 2000
BA, Political Science, University of Michigan, 1993